Ground Report | New Delhi: Terrorist branded on the back; An undertrial prisoner in Punjab’s Barnala district has accused the jail superintendent of assault and writing a terrorist on his back, following which the state government has ordered a probe into the matter.
According to the report of NDTV, undertrial prisoner Karamjit Singh (28) while explaining the pathetic condition of the inmates in the jail said, “People suffering from AIDS and hepatitis are not kept in separate wards and whenever I asked about this misbehavior. When I tried to take up the matter, the jail superintendent beat me up.
He made these allegations before the Mansa district court, where a case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was being heard.
After Karamjit’s disclosure of the matter, purported photographs of his back surfaced on social media in which ‘attawadi’ (terrorist) can be seen written in Gurmukhi on his back, following which opposition leaders in the state slammed the government.
Jail superintendent Balbir Singh, however, denied these allegations and accused Karamjeet of making up fabricated stories, saying that he had carried out the incidents of crime many times. (Terrorist branded on the back)
Balbir Singh told that Karamjit Singh had once escaped from police custody as well. He said, ‘He is facing trial in 11 cases ranging from NDPS Act to murder. Now he is making such allegations because he is angry with us. We kept on searching the barracks and we got a call from his barracks.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Randhawa directed ADGP (Prisons), PK Sinha, to conduct a medical examination of the prisoner along with a thorough investigation into the matter. Firozpur DIG Tejinder Singh has been made in charge of the investigation. The investigation was started on November 4.
On the other hand, Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Sirsa criticized the Charanjit Singh Channi government for serious human rights violations. “Karamjit Singh, an inmate of Barnala Jail, has accused the staff of writing objectionable words on his body.
A jail inmate in Barnala, Karamjit Singh beaten brutally by Jail Superintendent. The word “Attwadi” means TERRORIST engraved on his back! This is disgusting and a serious violation of human rights. We demand strict possible action against officials involved”.